Holiday Special

Hello mopomoso-aphiles! We are delighted to share with you the upcoming mopomoso holiday extravaganza season. Tune in throughout the holiday season for a free celebration of freely improvised music! Keep an eye on this page for all upcoming teasers, news and links to the events.

December 20th 2020, 2pm GMT: The Christmas Party!

Scheduled on the usual day for the treasured mopomoso Christmas event, we present a collection of memories from cherished performances over the many years we have all been together.

Mopomoso TV team’s Charlotte Keeffe says, ‘how about accompanying this instalment with a Mopomoso Christmas Party fruity Moptail? Find your favourite glass, pop some ice into it, add some cranberry juice, orange juice and if you wish, a big splash of your favourite vodka! Serve with a cherry on a toothpick, dusted in ground cinnamon… enjoy!’

Mopomoso Christmas Party, 20th December 2pm GMT First up we have,

Alan Tomlinson (trombone) and Alan Wilkinson (sax) from 2013’s Mopomoso Xmas Party at The Vortex, London. Filmed by Kostas Chondros.

Next up we have, Nii Noi Nortei (string instrument), Peng Ren (throat singing) and Seth Bennett (bass) from the Xmas Mopomoso Party in December 2015 at The Vortex. Sound recorded by Tim Fletcher. Filmed & edited by Kostas Chondros.

Then we have a Mopomoso TV team duo from Sylvia Hallett (violin, electronics, voice) and Paul Jolly (bass clarinet). Sound recording by Tim Fletcher. Filming and editing by Kostas Chondros.

Then a Christmas party stalwart, Jez Parfett (piano) at the Xmas Mopomoso Party in December 2018 at The Vortex, London. Sound recorded by Tim Fletcher. Filmed & edited by Kostas Chondros.

Next, there is Noel Taylor (clarinet), Julie Kjaer (sax) and Andrea Caputo (guitar) from the Mopomoso Xmas Party in 2013. Filmed by Kostas Chondros.

And then a trio, including Mopomoso TV team’s very own Rachel Musson (sax) with Alice Eldridge (cello), and Seth Bennett (bass) from the Mopomoso Xmas Party in 2013. Filmed by Kostas Chondros.

And now onto Viv Corringham (voice), Hannah Marshall (cello) and Illi Adato (electronics, percussion) also from the Mopomoso Xmas Special 2013. Filmed by Kostas Chondros.

And finally, a wonderful toy laptop quartet with Steve Beresford, John Russell, Kay Grant and Roger Turner from 2007.

Don’t despair we aren’t done yet, to take us into the holiday Mopomoso season we have an especially made Merry Christmas Mopomoso, by Santa Sprees and a special Mopomoso Rap by ENNÉ -

Thank you so much for coming ‘out’ today, and please remember to check our website for the entire holiday lineup and teasers. Here’s a quick lowdown of what we have in store for you! MOPOMOSO HOLIDAY SCHEDULE DECEMBER 24TH 2020 2PM GMT: HOLIDAY CONVERSATION (AND SOME MUSIC TOO!) DECEMBER 26TH 2020 2PM GMT: FREELY IMPROVISED POST FESTIVITY LISTENING DECEMBER 31ST 2020 2PM GMT: GOODBYE 2020! JANUARY 1ST 2021 2PM GMT: WELCOME 2021! Please support The Vortex –

December 24th 2020 2pm GMT: Holiday conversation (and some music too!)

Join the Mopomoso TV team for some wandering thoughts, sounds and laughter ending with a beautiful film of the man who started it all – John Russell, captured by the wonderful Helen Petts.

Christmas Eve Moptail by Mopomoso TV team’s Charlotte Keeffe How about this Christmasy Mopomoso jammy Moptail Mojito?

So, take your favourite glass, add some ice, or maybe some chilled tonic water? Pop in a teaspoon of marmalade with some mandarin juice and then if you’d like to, pour two big splashes of dark rum and a star anise, stir to your liking and then sip away… Merry Mopomoso Christmas Eve folks!

Off we go, kicking off with Santa Sprees; Followed by, a Holiday singing sweets by Elico Suzuki (suzueri)

A behind the scenes look at how Mopomoso TV is made chat and play with the Mopomoso TV team communicating in an improvised way using lots of words and music, from London, Faversham, Hannover, Huddersfield, Luton, Tokyo, edited by dd,

Three Wise Monkeys, a trio about Christmas time with Susanna Ferrar on violin, Jerry Wigens on Clarinet and Pascal Marzan on guitar,,

The special Mopomoso Rap by ENNÉ –

John Russell solo guitar filmed by Helen Petts –,,

Thank you so much for coming ‘out’ today, and please remember to check our website for the entire holiday lineup and teasers. Here’s a quick lowdown of what we have in store for you! MOPOMOSO HOLIDAY SCHEDULE DECEMBER 26TH 2020 2PM GMT: FREELY IMPROVISED POST FESTIVITY LISTENING DECEMBER 31ST 2020 2PM GMT: GOODBYE 2020! JANUARY 1ST 2021 2PM GMT: WELCOME 2021! Please support The Vortex –

December 26th 2020 2PM GMT: Freely improvised post festivity listening

Possibly boxing days cheapest event, sit back and relax and listen to some wonderful contributions of the music we all love so much.

BOXING DAY MOPTAIL What about this Mopomoso yummy, juicy ginger Moptail to accompany today’s Boxing Day Mopomoso blast?

Prepare your favourite glass with a little ice and/or some chilled soda water, pour in some ginger ale, lemon and/or lime juice, and some grape juice, stir in and add a generous splash of a spirit of your choice if you wish, maybe rum, vodka, or gin? Serve with a Christmassy cherry, dusted in ground cinnamon, or maybe a sprig of rosemary and pomegranate seeds… improvise!

And the program for today!

New York Guitar Duo – Ritual 2 of our partner Atelier Grammophon

Phil Durrant,

Marion Treby and Farandena Afifi, piano, cello (chair) in Marion’s garden

SIN-3-Intro (Source): inspired by: and SIN-3 (Burkhard Beins – Thomas Lehn – Georg Wissel)

Emmanuelle Pellegrini improvised french poetry with Pascal Marzen guitar suzueri at Asakusa, Tokyo (18/07/20)

J Frisco features Lara Jones (sax), Megan Roe (guitar) and Jemma Freese (keys);,

Gino Robair, In My Kitchen, by Helen Petts;,

AGogol (Sound) – Telemach Wiesinger (Film)

Mike Adcock, music played on tuned fragments of Welsh Ffestiniog Blue Roof Slates Recorded at the University of Gloucestershire by Alasdair Darling

Alberto Braida solo Questa è la miglior festa rossa a cui sia mai stata (filmed by mcddavid)

The special Mopomoso Rap by ENNÉ –

Thank you so much for coming ‘out’ today, and please remember to check our website for the entire holiday lineup and teasers. Here’s a quick lowdown of what we have in store for you! MOPOMOSO HOLIDAY SCHEDULE DECEMBER 26TH 2020 2PM GMT: FREELY IMPROVISED POST FESTIVITY LISTENING DECEMBER 31ST 2020 2PM GMT: GOODBYE 2020! JANUARY 1ST 2021 2PM GMT: WELCOME 2021! Please support The Vortex –

December 31st 2020 2PM GMT: Goodbye 2020!

An incredible host of free improvising musicians coming to you from all around the globe, freely floating us into a future and a new year full of joy.

New Year’s Eve Moptail by Mopomoso TV team’s Charlotte Keeffe…

So, for New Year’s Eve why not try this delicious, blackberry moody Mopomoso Moptail number in your favourite glass… Use the back of a small spoon to squash and mix together a generous handful of blackberries, then add a big splash, or squeeze of lemon juice, a little vanilla extract and a teaspoon of honey, mix altogether and maybe strain through any kind of strainer you have to hand to get rid of any hard bits from the blackberries. Once strained, add chilled soda water, stir and enjoy… Serve with some fresh mint leaves and of course, add a splash of your favourite spirit, if you wish…

On the program today, we have…

Twilight Zone (intro); Mopomoso Zone by Brutalust; Maria Sappho & Colin Frank (with small snippet of Raymond MacDonald saxophone),

David Ryan with/in a Hallway, Italy;

Pool by Carina Khorkhordina;,

Burkhard Beins; & Axel Doerner; Tetuzi Akiyama / suzueri; for the full version go to: Ivor Kallin;

More Than Once by Stephen Grew;

In the Middle of Nowhere by Simon McCorry (cello) & Satoko Fukuda (dancer);,

James Bailey playing the trombone & sax at once performed at the Gerrard Art Space, Toronto;

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra/Auld Lang Syne; Dave Panton (bagpipes) & Terry day (drums);,

Russell / Durrant / Butcher, Leverkusen 1992, introduced by Tim & stru PPPi (1);,,

The special Mopomoso Rap by ENNÉ;

Thank you so much for coming ‘out’ today, please remember to check our website; for the entire Holiday Specials lineup, schedule, teasers & more! And join us again tomorrow, January 1st, at 2pm GMT as we welcome in 2021! Please support The Vortex;

January 1st 2021 2PM GMT: Welcome 2021!

We couldn’t just leave you at the end of 2020, so we are back for one last holiday event – with thanks and love for the incredible community you have all created around this new Mopomoso adventure. We are honoured to have shared these passed 8 months with you all, and thank you for helping us make Mopomoso TV!

How about this New Year’s Day Moptail by Mopomoso TV team’s Charlotte Keeffe! WAHOO,

Happy Mopomoso New Year folks! Let’s celebrate this instalment of Mopomoso TV by raising a glass of Mopomoso New Year Sparkle… Taking your favourite glass – make it a champagne glass today 😉 and pour in some chilled, sparkly elderflower juice, or elderflower cordial with chilled soda water onto some ice cubes, add some pomegranate juice, and/or cranberry juice, stir gently and serve with raspberries, you could also add a splash of vodka or… treat yourself to some champagne!

On the program today, we have… Paul Hubweber & Joschka Oetz with Balm, filmed by Ebba Jahn;,

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Scotch Snap;

Maggie Nicols (voice), Claire Turner (dance) & Ferdinand Bergstrøm (guitar);,

RSH improvisation class with in these times 2;

Yumiko & Yumiko;,,,

Jean-Michel VanSchouwburg with back garden sing; Sarah Woolfenden (trumpet) & Justin Harries (electronics) with Kotekasu;

Nelson da Rabeca, all the way from Brazil!

Maria Sappho and Colin Frank with Horses for Courses (brutalust);

Chris Dowding with Mundesley #1; Sothiac and Paul Jolly with Psyche, video by Michele Bernardi;

La Course Run! A video by Catherine Karako, first part of a dyptique about violence against women;

Jim Denley with Lachlan Swamp;

Thank you so much for coming ‘out’ today, please remember to check our website; for the rest of the Mopomoso Holiday Specials 2020, teasers & more! And join us again on Sunday January 17th 2021 at 2pm GMT! Please support The Vortex;

Episode 6: November

Welcome to the sixth episode from Mopomoso TV bringing you improvised music from around the world.

Why not make yourself this month’s cocktail from our very own Charlotte Keeffe?

Let’s go for a Mopomoso Fruity Twister this month…

Once again, take your favourite glass and add some ice, pour some peach juice, passion fruit juice, orange juice and pineapple juice over the ice, stir until content and then garnish with a bright yellow lemon to match John’s suit! If you fancy alcohol, add a splash, or three, of vodka… enjoy!

In today’s show we have: Trio Folio, In the Gallery, led by Chris Cundy bass clarinet – Paul K. Scott double bassist and Saul Scott drummer.

Sonic Pleasure, Play Pier –

London Improvisers Orchestra first performance back since (the 1st) lockdown in England, filmed by Lara de Belder – http://www.londonimprovisersorchestra… Line up for the first half; Douglas Benford – harmonium, Charlotte Keeffe – trumpet, Gero Kempf – double bass, Dave Fowler – drums, Adrian Northover – soprano saxophone, Jackie Walduck – vibes, line up for the 2nd half; Khabat Abas – cello, Adam Bohman – objects, Susanna Ferrar – violin, Caroline Kraabel – alto saxophone, Pascal Marzan – microtonal guitar, Emily Suzanne Shapiro – bass clarinet, Dave Tucker – guitar

Activity Center –… Burkhard Beins – percussion and strings, Michael Renkel – strings and percussion

Flabbergasted Tree –… Elo Masing – violin, Albrecht Walter – bandoneon, Thomas Kumlehn – flute, whistle, joined by the french dancer Coline Quintin Emily Suzanne Shapiro with a bass clarinet solo at Hundred Years Gallery in London –

Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse –

Martin Clarke saxophone solo outside –

Pinguin Moschner, Selfie with Tuba, filmed by Ebba Jahn – Ryan McGuire, Dirk van der Hoek

Scatter, filmed by Kostas Chondros, Dave Tucker –… ,

Pat Thomas –… , Phil Minton – , Roger Turner – , John Russell – .

Robert Jarvis – , Adam Bohman, and Tim Fletcher, ‘Good for a Blast’, filmed by Jonathan Bohman, @SecludedBronte

Laura Cioffi flute solo(s) –

Jérôme Noetinger, Naabtal Death, AGogol, with Tattoos, filmed by mcddavid,,…

Phil Minton and John Russell, Two Figures in a Vortex, filmed by Helen Petts –

Outro – Paul Hubweber & Bulls Eye Orchestra, Fungi pair in Bullseye, filmed by Ebba Jahn…

Episode 5: October

Welcome to the fifth episode from Mopomoso TV bringing you improvised music from around the world. First off why not make yourself this months’ cocktail from our very own Charlotte Keeffe? A Mopomoso Mango Mojito? Using a pestle and mortar, crush around 10 mint leaves with a splash of mango juice and fresh lime juice. Take your favourite glass, crush some ice into it and squeeze some more fresh lime onto the ice and around the edges of the glass too, add more mango juice and maybe some soda if you wish as well as the crushed mint leaves from the pestle and mortar, stir and enjoy… If you fancy alcohol, add a splash of rum, yum!

In the show itself we have

Matthew Hutchinson first part of Foil Play…

Grot no Jut Javier Carmona (drums) Marco Serrato (bass) Antonio Luis Guillén (guitar)…

Viv Corringham solo voice Emil Gordoa vibraphone solo

Emil Gordoa vibraphone solo

Lars Bröndum / Per Gardin sax electronics

Toshimaru Nakamura / suzueri duo 5 minsToshimaru Nakamura(no-input mixing board)  and suzueri (prepared piano and handmade devices) duo session at Ftarri, Tokyo on 19th July. Full video :… / Toshimaru Nakamura:  su…

In-these-times IV from the RSH improvisation class (Düsseldorf/Germany) featuring Ekaterina Zhurasvskaya – voice, Yi-Yin Chien – flute, Bo Kyung Kim – clarinet, Yi-Chuan Yang – trumpet, Jia-Hua Feng – trombone, Matthias Balzac – violoncello, Jean Hommel and Dennis Pientak – double bass, Hubertus Dreyer – synths and mixing…

Okkyung Lee cello solo filmed by Helen Petts Thelmo Cristovam saxophone solo.

Olaf Rupp (guitar)-Rudi Mahal(bass clarinet)-Kasper Tom Christiansen(drums) trio… The moody alien kalimba solo

Charlotte Hug A song for voice water and soap

Live at The Vortex Lol Coxhill (saxophone) / John Russell (guitar) / Ute Wassermann (voice) trio…

Episode 4: September

Welcome to the premiere of Mopomoso Digital Episode 4. Featuring contributions from the wonderful world of free improvisation.

Mix yourself a Mopomoso cocktail from our virtual bar, Charlotte Keeffe recipe, and join us in the chat room: Grab your favourite glass, add some ice cubes, fill it mostly with yummy tomato juice, add a splash of lemon juice, Worcester sauce and Tabasco sauce and a pinch of black pepper, pop in a couple of celery sticks and enjoy! Add a splash of vodka if you fancy alcohol.

Taking part are:

In a piece called ‘See you later Darling’ Chris Hill (film, guitar, objects, piano, pedals) and Ed Shipsey (piano, objects, voice, body)

Emi Watanabe (ryuteki) and Clive Bell (shakuhachi) with a film shot by Clive at NicK Collins’s pottery in Devon.….

Stephan Keune (saxophone) and Hans Schneider (bass) filmed especially for the programme and playing live in Germany.…

This is followed by a short piece with Susanna Ferrar ‘Where the Water’, filmed by Helen Petts and was originally recorded as part of Taps, a memorial event for Paul Burwell.

Following on is the trio of Mario Mattos (cello), Maria Gouvea (voice) and Thomas Rohrer (rabeca) recorded over Zoom. https://abaetetubacollective.wordpres…

The next very short piece is Phil Minton singing to insects in his garden which he calls ‘Happy Little Fellows’.

Another Zoom session follows, this time a duo from Raymond McDonald and Maria Sappho entitled ‘The Eyes Have It’

There is more nature with ‘The eruption of the Island of Shells’ by Martin Trippett who made both the film and plays the piano.…

Then comes another Helen Petts clip, this time from the Freedom of the City festival 2010 and featuring Leo Smith trumpet), Louis Moholo Moholo (drums) and Steve Noble (drums).

Mike Cooper comes in with a rooftop bar solo using a laptop guitar app. for a smartphone

And finally, there is a previously unreleased duo clip from a solo of Masahuru Showji (shakuhachi) and John Russell (guitar) from a Mopomoso concert that took place at the Vortex just before lockdown.

Do join us for the live premiere and tell your friends. Have fun!

Episode 3: August

Third edition of our new monthly series of music from the world of free improvisation featuring, in order of appearance –

‘One Handed’ Charlotte Law table top guitar ‘Two Minutes and Nine Seconds for

John Russell’ – Steve Beresford solo piano… Shore Line. A tactile score from Jackie

Walduck (vibes) with Adrian Lee (guitar) and James Risdon (recorders).…

Lol’s Harmonium played by Sam Bailey

Cello solo Fred Lonberg-Holm…

Live from Mopomoso at The Vortex Caroline Kraabel / Rowland Sutherland duo…

Machine piano Elico Suzuki – suzueri

All we know is God is always by our side Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt solo guitar…

Duo Chris Burn (piano) John Butcher (sax)

Interplay part 3 Atelier Grammophon Lockdown project

For Mopomoso by Robert Appleton (visuals and voice) with John Russell (guitar) Glen Hall (“For Mopomoso” John Russell asked Robert Appleton to create a piece for Mopomoso TV. He developed text, image and sound (vorTEX) into a composition which gave Glen Hall and Mia Zabelka total freedom to improvise together using a recording John had sent him. Then he put all of this together into visual music with the sounds of his own voice and textures in vorTEX software and created this beautiful piece.…

Do join us for the premiere and why not try our cocktail of the month? The White Suited Mopomoso Cocktail ‘Make a small cold black coffee, a cold espresso perhaps? Or, if you fancy, use a big splash of a coffee liqueur. Pour your mini cold coffee into your favourite glass, add some ice cubes and fill it up with a milk of your choice, or single cream, maybe even both!? You could also add a few drops of vodka, or rum… steady now, cheers!’

Episode 2: July

Christophe Charles Table top guitar (Japan) An edition special.

Charlotte Keeffe solo and quartet (UK) With Shirley Smart (cello) Lauren Kinsella (voice) Emil Karlsen (percussion)

The Iron by Vrank (Germany)

‘Il Barone Rampante’ Karel Doing (film) and Paul Morris (The Gizmo) (UK)

Guitar/Violin duo (made especially for this edition) Pascal Marzan and Sue Ferrar (UK)

Oxford Improvisers Orchestra (UK) Made especially for this edition)

Ntshuks Bonga and Kay Grant (UK) Re-edited from a Mopomoso concert at The Vortex

In These Times (part one) Online improvisation with members of the improvisation course of Hubertus Dreyer (mixing and synthesiser) at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.  Dennis Pientak (Double Bass) improvised based on my “Curtis revisited”, Yunfei Li added her voice, followed by Jean Hommel (double bass), Ekaterina Zhuravskaya (voice), Bo Kyung Kim (clarinet), Yi-Chuang Yang (trumpet) and Yue Ma (voice).  The recordings took place between April 21 and 27 and in Germany, Russia, China, Taiwan and Korea. The full version of part one can be found under…

Hexapod (in memory of Keith Tippett) Hard Edges — Chris Dowding (trumpet & flugelhorn) Dave Amis (trombone) Ben Higham (tuba & flugelhorn) Chris Dowding writes:- ‘Based in Norwich, which I guess is the main thing. Individually, we’ve played with various musicians. I play in the quartet Rude 2.0 with trombonist Annie Whitehead, trombonist Dave Amis played in several of Keith Tippett’s groups, including Centipede, and Ben Higham worked with drummer John Stevens. Actually, the piece I’ve sent has Ben and I on flugelhorns, and Dave on trombone, as you’ll hear. Amongst other activity, Ben and I co-run a jazz night called Camouflage in Norwich, and I also play in Ben’s brass octet The Brass Monkeys, which has recently performed at Pizza Express several times’. 

Improvisation Günter Christmann, John Russell, Elke Schipper trio (UK/Germany) Live set from London’s Arch 1 (re-edited for the programme) 

Episode 1: June

First edition of Mopomoso Digital (live premiere 2pm BST Sunday 28th June) featuring:

Link camera by Yui Ting.

Brought to you by the Mopomoso Team.